Who we are

The National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) delivers the premier training scheme for journalists in the United Kingdom.

The NCTJ brand is a long-established and respected benchmark of excellence for journalists. Alumni dominate all sectors of the media and 73 per cent of qualified journalists are NCTJ-trained (Journalists at Work 2012).

The NCTJ was founded in 1951 to run the newspaper industry’s training scheme, following the findings of a Royal Commission on the Press. Now serving all media, the NCTJ is as independent registered charity governed by an influential board of trustees and directors and supported by a professional executive and administrative team.

Employees are based at our offices in the North Essex village of Newport near Saffron Walden and there are more than 250 freelance examiners, trainers and industry volunteers who contribute to the charity’s work.

The NCTJ has won a national training award and is an Investor in People Gold. The organisation has a professional awarding body recognised by Ofqual, Qualification Wales and CCEA Northern Ireland, an accreditation board, Student Council, focus groups and forums, and the annual Journalism Skills Conference. Our members are media organisations, employers of journalists and more than 40 centres which run NCTJ-accredited courses.

We offer a range of qualifications for those beginning a career in journalism and for those who want to continue their professional development. The Level 3 Diploma in Journalism introduced in 2007 and the Level 5 National Qualification in Journalism (NQJ) introduced in 2013 have been joined by apprenticeship and foundation certificate qualifications. Qualifications cover news, magazine, production, sports, business and finance, online, video, radio and television journalism. Courses are vocational, focusing on skills convergence and multimedia journalism.

We also offer careers advice, a range of distance learning courses, textbooks, awards, and a programme of short courses for those wishing to develop or update their skills.

The charity also administers the Journalism Diversity Fund on behalf of the industry. The fund, launched in 2006, aims to help those from diverse backgrounds without the means to study an NCTJ-accredited course.